Resources - Career and Technical Education

The Maine Department of Education has compiled the following career and technical education (CTE) resources that educators, students and the public may find helpful as part of our commitment to supporting all students in Maine's learning community.

General CTE Information

Professional Development and Collaboration 

The Maine Department of Education has compiled the following professional development opportunities for career and technical education directors, faculty and staff.

  • Certification: CTE Teacher Certification/Endorsement in Maine This page provides information for individuals interested in becoming certified to teach in Maine's secondary Career and Technical Education centers/regions
  • Technology update groups are helpful in supporting new instructors and keeping up with industry standards.  They generally meet (at least) twice a year in person and members are in contact by phone and/or email as well. These instructor groups discuss statewide standards and other program-related issues.  Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education (MACTE) organizes the technology update groups.  For more information please visit Home | Maine Career and Technical Education Portal ( 
  • Past Professional Learning:
    • Four CTE Intersections Workshops brought CTE, English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics instructors together to start the task of finding where learning intersections exist.
    • Math in CTE is a program developed by the National Research Center for Career & Technical Education and intended for implementation in secondary CTE programs.

Student Supports


  • Data Warehouse. The Maine Department of Education's Data Warehouse puts data about Maine’s schools in one place where it’s easy to find and easy to understand. This data is sortable, and comparisons can be made across schools, districts and the entire state.       
  • Common Career Technical Core: Advance CTE has coordinated the effort to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for CTE that states can adopt voluntarily. Maine supports these standards but has not adopted them.

  • Maine Learning Results: The Maine Learning Results have been updated to include the Common Core State Standards. Maine is one of 45 states to adopt these internationally benchmarked expectations for student learning in math and English language arts
  • Program StandardsEach Maine CTE Program has adopted one or more national or state-level standards tied to the needs of business and industry.
  • Safety SchemasAs part of MDOE-CTE's Mini-Grant series for SY16 and 17, a team of educators and OSHA experts worked together to design and produce safety schemas. The grant's goal was to create a sample safety library to assist schools in aligning to MRSA Title 26 and the adopted OSHA standards located in 29 CFR 1910. Such alignment allows a CTE school to be better equipped to seek the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE). SHAPE recognizes public sector employers who maintain an exemplary safety and health management system. Acceptance into SHAPE by the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards is an achievement that distinguishes an organization as a model for workplace safety and health. Upon receiving SHAPE recognition, CTE schools are exempt from programmed inspections during the period the SHAPE certification is valid.
  • Maine Department of Labor